Gojira Guitarist Gets Hit In Face By Pyro, Finishes Set Anyway

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

May 21, 2019

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Gojira guitarist Christian Andreu just dramatically increased his metal credibility when he got hit in the face by a literal fire ball and finished his band's ferocious Sonic Temple Festival set anyway.

Lamb of God front man and amateur photographer Randy Blythe awarded Andreu the title of "THE HARDEST FRENCHMAN ALIVE" in a recent Instagram post documenting the ugly pyrotechnics mishap.

Blythe was on stage with Gojira for a rendition of "Backbone" during which Andreu reportedly got injured. The front man wrote in a lengthy caption accompanying photos of Andreu's injury that a gust of wind was responsible for blowing the column of fire into the guitarist's face.

"THANK GOD HE HAD HIS EYES CLOSED," Blythe exclaimed in his post.

He described that he was unaware of what happened until he got off stage. Andreu came to the side of the stage to douse his head in water and finished the set without a second thought.

"Backbone" was only Gojira's second song of the afternoon, and the band had to rock through five more before Andreu got medical attention.

Blythe reported that Andreu is okay, except for some peeling skin, missing hair and eyebrows and a potential (and earned) fear of open flames.

"Christian caught a full-on #DRACARYS to the face & still did his job," Blythe added. "That is some HARD S--T right there."

You can see Blythe's gnarly photos of the aftermath of the accident embedded below or on Blythe's Instagram.

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(SWIPE LEFT FOR MORE PHOTOS) You are looking at photos of THE HARDEST FRENCHMAN ALIVE, Christian Andreu of @gojiraofficial. Yesterday at @sonictemplefestival, my brothers in Gojira took the stage & destroyed the place. I lost track of time & forgot when they were playing- when I realized they were on, I went running to the stage with my camera. I got there right as they were playing “Backbone”- their tech @notoriouswog was like “Here’s your mic!”- I took off my glasses, put down my camera, & ran out onstage wearing flip-flops (which I immediately kicked off- hard to rock in flops) & started singing. Suddenly there was a HUGE blast of flame- SCARED THE SHIT outta me, ‘cause I didn’t know they had pyro! Anyways, I got done singing, shot a few photos, then ran to my dressing room to get a different camera lens. When I got back, Woggsy said “Christian just caught a blast of flame to the face!”- the wind was REALLY bad yesterday, & it blew the pyro right into Christian’s face- THANK GOD HE HAD HIS EYES CLOSED at that second! I looked at him & he was still playing, mostly with his eyes closed, obviously hurting & looking PISSED OFF. In between songs he walked over & asked for water & threw it on his face. Then he finished the set, & medics attended to him. He’s gonna be alright (except for some peeling & missing hair & eyebrows) but that was scary & it could have been really, really bad. Christian caught a full-on #DRACARYS to the face & still did his job. That is some HARD SHIT right there. @jameyjasta, you need to put him in the #HARDHALLOFFAME!!! Respect, Christian- you are one TOUGH MOTHERFUCKER. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux35mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic

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